Micheal O Conghaile is a writer and publisher from Connemara. He established the publishing company Clo Iar-Chonnacht (CIC) in 1985. He has written many books in Irish and won the Hennessy Literary Award in 1997, and the Hennessy Young Irish Writer of the Year Award. In 1998 he was elected to Aosdana. His works have been translated into various languages, including Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian, German, Polish, Macedonian and Arabic, and, three of his books are available in English: 'The Connemara Five' (Arlen Press)' The Colours of Man' (CIC) and 'Rambling Jack' (Dalkey Archive Press). He was writer in residence at Queen's University, Belfast and at the University of Ulster Coleraine between 1999 and 2002.